The skin, our biggest organ, must be treated with special care throughout our adult life to maintain a youthful appearance. The answer is not simply treating the exterior skin with the right topical creams, but addressing the body as a whole. Eat a balanced diet sustains an optimally healthy body and remember, what happens on the inside is reflected on the outside. So yes, follow a regular skincare routine for your skin type, but also implement a diet that supports that routine.
Many believe that wrinkles and creases cause skin to appear aged. In fact, it is the unevenness of the skin—red blotches, discoloration, and various forms of sun damage—that bestow the skin with that “older-than-I-really-am” look. How do we fight skin damage? In youth, our skin prolifically produces antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental damage. When this natural antioxidant production begins to decrease in our late twenties, our skin gets battered by free radicals, making our skin tone and color uneven.
What, exactly, are antioxidants? Antioxidants are vitamins that fight free radicals. They reduce, neutralize, and prevent the damage done to the skin by free radicals. Further, antioxidants aid in collagen production and elasticity maintenance, and combat further breakdown to ensure overall healthier, younger-looking skin.
Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants that help protect skin from the cellular damage caused by free radicals. Get started on the road to more youthful-looking skin—add these twelve antioxidant-rich foods to your diet today.